2/19/09

Teacher or Mom?

Today, we had unexpected visitors. Miss K stopped by. Miss K usually comes on Mondays to do PT with Supergirl. Today, she didn’t come to do PT. Today, she had her two children and her dog with her. They were in the neighborhood and decided to stop to see if we could play. Tailor loves animals. She was thrilled at the opportunity to play with a dog and to show B her model horse collection. Supergirl was excited to see Miss K and gave her a big hug. They all trooped to the park to play and walk the dog. Supergirl, so used to having Miss K do PT, asked if she could do some of her “exercises”. Miss K said she didn’t mind so Supergirl got some PT today.

This got me to thinking. Miss K didn’t stop being a PT even when she was just being a friend. I don’t stop being a mom just because I home school. Miss K didn’t come over to work, but even in playing she didn’t stop working. I don’t have times in my day where I am “just a mom” or I am “just a teacher”. Teaching my children and being a mom, it’s who I am. I can no more stop being mom to them than I can stop breathing. And I can no more stop teaching them than I can stop being their mom. They ask a question, I answer it. Am I teacher or am I mom? I’m both, I’m Tess, a mom who happens to home educate her children. If they need cuddles, we stop the formal lessons and we cuddle. If they are in curiosity mode and wanting to learn, we learn. I guess I don’t see a hard and fast line dividing mom from teacher. I just don’t see that distinction. I don’t stop being mom when I am teaching and I don’t stop being a teacher when I’m being a mom.

"My son, hear the instruction of they father, and forsake not the law of they mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto the head, and chains about they neck." Proverbs 1: 8-9

"Hear ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding."Proverbs 4:1

1 comment:

  1. amen, sister, preach it!!! I love your approach to teaching, parenting, well just about everything about you and the happy family! xoxox will miss you at church today!
    Holly

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